Local SEND offer
Federation of Darlington Nursery Schools
George Dent Nursery School
1. How does the school know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?
School staff make continuous observations of all children in our care, both academically and in their wider school lives. These observations, along with assessment data, may highlight issues or concerns for particular children.
Where this is the case, in the first instance, your child's keyworker will have a conversation with you. If after that conversation and a sharing of concerns, we agree that further investigation or intervention is required we will meet with the school special needs co-ordinator, (SENCo) Mr Parker, and discuss what we need can do together.
If any parent has concerns about a child’s learning or development that have not been raised in previous conversation please arrange to meet with either the keyworker or the SENCo.
2. How will school staff support my child/young person?
If, together, we agree that additional support is required, then a ‘One Plan’ may be drafted. Staff, parents and children will work together to create the plan which will set out the particular needs of the child and what will be needed to support them. This document belongs to the child and family and will be reviewed every term.
Additional support can take many forms. It may be that particular aids are needed or access to relevant therapies (for example, Speech and Language Therapy or Occupational Therapy). It could also be that other professionals become involved (e.g. Educational Psychology or a consultant Paediatrician). In some cases, an additional adult may be required to support children directly in class.
As stated earlier NOTHING happens without your consent.
After reviewing the plan, it may be felt that a child’s needs are long term or will need additional funding to be met in school. If this is the case, then the SENCo – in consultation with parents – will apply to the Early Years Inclusion Fund requesting funding to meet the identified learning needs.
Governors are responsible for everything that happens in the school and they receive anonymised reports every term. It is quite common for one governor to take a special interest in children with special needs and this governor may have greater access to information but the identity is not disclosed again without your consent.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s/young person’s needs?
In our schools, the majority of children’s needs are met through Quality First Teaching. This is where delivery or tasks set are adjusted to suit your child’s learning style or needs. For instance, a child with a visual impairment may require larger visual aids, but not necessarily easier tasks. A child with developmental delay, may require tasks set that are at the child’s stage of learning rather than age-appropriate. It may also be that a child struggles with auditory learning and requires visual prompts to support them.
In addition to the whole school curriculum, individuals may require programmes of Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy or Physiotherapy to be delivered.
4. How will I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
There are three progress meetings half way through each term each year. In addition if your child has a One Plan, this will be reviewed as frequently as every three weeks but more typically every ten weeks. This means that your child’s progress is reviewed at least six times a year with you. Our schools operate an ‘open door’ policy though, and parents are encouraged to speak to keyworkers or the SENCo to discuss any issues or concerns as they arise. Keyworkers are the first point of contact and they will liaise with the SENCo where appropriate.
We have a superb track record for helping children to attain well. This is only made possible because of parental involvement. Many children with special needs have to work so much harder to make the progress they do and without your help at home there is not enough time in the school day to achieve the outcomes we all want.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well being?
Medical support is co-ordinated by your child's Health Visitor.
There is a detailed policy on the Administration of Medicines available on request. Personal care, would be described as part of the SEN package if required regularly. Occasional needs are met through well trained staff and a well-equipped school.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the school?
There are no specialist services available in the school. These have to contracted on a needs basis.
7. What training are the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had or are having?
All staff are expected to continue their professional development. However, where there is an identified special need the staff working with this child may be asked to attend specific training sessions. For instance, for children with severe allergies, all support staff are trained to use epipens. This training is updated annually.
8. How will my child/young person be included in activities outside the classroom including school trips?
There are no barriers to inclusion. When planning trips for children, individual needs are fully and carefully considered.
9. How accessible is the school environment?
The ground floor of the school is fully accessible but it is not adapted for visual or auditory impaired children. There are disabled changing and toilet facilities.
10. How will the school prepare and support my child to join the school r=or to transfer to a new school or the next stage of education and life?
Any child identified with a One Plan will have a transition review the term before the transfer which will be attended adults currently working with the child and representation from the receiving school.
These reviews are important information sharing meetings. Where individual needs require amended transition arrangements, these are put in place.
11. How are the schools resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs? How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Every child’s needs are different. The resources needed can be provided through statutory provision or from the school's own revenue. However, as far as possible, the needs and the resources are matched.
12 Who can I contact for further information?
Your child’s keyworker will usually be your first point of contact.
Additional advice can be obtained from the SENCo, Mr Parker (01325 380802) however this may require an appointment.
Outside of school there are many charities supporting children. There is also the ‘Parent Partnership’ based at Darlington Town Hall (01325 380651) or www.darlington.gov.uk who can provide support and guidance for parents on all matters regarding SEN.